Paint­ing gifted to Rus­sian Arc­tic con­voys mu­seum

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A PAINT­ING com­mis­sioned by an An­gus veteran of the Sec­ond World War Arc­tic con­voys has been pre­sented to the Con­sul Gen­eral of Rus­sia and will be dis­played in a St Peters­burg mu­seum.

Mur­ray Had­dow, 92, who lives in Monifieth, served on board the de­stroyer HMS Caprice dur­ing the per­ilous jour­neys which took sup­plies, in­clud­ing food and weapons, to the Rus­sian peo­ple.

Mr Had­dow was in­volved in six of the 78 con­voys be­tween Au­gust 1941 and May 1945 and he still has vivid mem­o­ries of the treach­er­ous jour­neys from Loch Ewe near Ault­bea and Scapa Flow to Rus­sia.

More than 3,000 Bri­tish sailors and air­men died be­tween 19411945 tak­ing part in the con­voys, a vi­tal part of Churchill’s at­tempts to keep Stalin in the al­liance against Hitler.

To­day, Mr Had­dow is one of just a few sur­viv­ing vet­er­ans of the con­voys, and has been hon­oured by the UK and Rus­sian gov­ern­ments with the Arc­tic Star medal and Ushakov medal.

In 1999, a mon­u­ment to those who lost their lives was un­veiled at Cove in Wester Ross. Mr Had­dow com­mis­sioned a paint­ing of it which has now been pre­sented to the Con­sul Gen­eral of Rus­sia, An­drey Prit­sipov (pic­tured).

The paint­ing will be ex­hib­ited at the new Mu­seum of the His­tory of the Arc­tic Con­voys at St Peters­burg’s Ad­mi­ral Makarov State Univer­sity.

The Con­sul Gen­eral said: “The broth­er­hood i n arms forged be­tween our na­tions stands as an in­dis­pens­able chap­ter of our shared and proud past. We are most grate­ful for this work of art.”

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